Hell all! good to be back here, on the hunt, again. I did some searching through the archives, but I didn't really find anything concrete about what I'm looking for. As we all have our own unique needs. If you know of any old threads, please link them here. So. I was ordering from Amazon and for whatever reason my stuff wouldn't be arriving for two months!! 0_0 Not sure why such a delay as this is not Christmas. So I canceled that order. and. I do NOT want to order from Amazon if it is going to take that long. With that and the title being said. Allow me to go further into the details. First off. I read that the Fiio Taishan is not recommended for use where headphones would be plugged in directly. Which seems bizarre to me. The details are as follows. portable dac/ usb dac budget - $50 input - digital optical output 3.5mm will NOT buy from amazon Now, I know there are some really cheap dacs that are brand new, and good deals are better used dacs. If I do go with a brand new dac that is fairly cheap. I would want to know that the brand, a lot of which are unknown to me, will be reputable regardless the cheap price. thanks in advance!